Saturday, January 28, 2006

More Love to Thee, O Christ

I have been reading about Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss over the last few weeks. This is a lovely hymn written by her in 1856.

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

9 comments:

Alex Jordan Harris said...

That's a beautiful hymn, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing it!

Brian Whalen said...

Hey Elizabeth,

Good job on your response on The Rebelution! I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

The blog looks awesome, keep it up!

Unconformed said...

good response to the rebelution's question. :-) i love prentiss! have you read her "stepping heavenward" book?

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I read it several years ago, but I did not make the connection between the Mrs. E. Prentiss of Little Susy’s Little Servants and the Elizabeth Prentiss of Stepping Heavenward until a few days ago! I ordered an antique copy of the book on eBay last night, and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I can hardly wait to read it again!

Sparky said...

Nice, and thanks for reading my weather report, even though it was just a weather report.

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robert said...

Glad to see you included the third stanza of Mrs. Prentiss's hymn. (Some hymn books leave it out.) "Let sorrow do it's work..." is a bold prayer. (How many of us would have the faith to pray that way?)

To learn a bit more about Elizabeth Prentiss and the story behind the hymn, I invite you to check out my blog this morning on Wordwise Hymns. God bless.

Cheong Foong said...

Thank you for posting these verses online. I am preparing this song to be sung in our local dialect and hope many more will be pulled close to God through this song =)

How's your preparation for your wedding? My best wishes to you =)

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Cheong Foong,

Thank you for stopping in and commenting. That is wonderful what you are doing! God bless you in your endeavors!

Wedding planning is coming along. We are getting more done now that the wedding is less than five months away. Thank you for asking.